Spring 2016

From the Dean's Perspective

College News

      • Students with Al Gore
      • Climate deal success in Paris just the beginning

        It took over a decade for the global framework called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) to become officially written into the Paris climate change agreement in 2015. Now a Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation researcher is working to make it a reality.

      • Hemp bus
      • Hemp Road Trip stops on campus

        A converted biodiesel minibus set off on a 35-state tour in January, launching the Hemp Road Trip, a nationwide campaign to bring attention to this beneficial yet controversial crop.

      • Thomas and Shao
      • New CEARS leaders continue mission

        Valerie Thomas, associate professor of forest remote sensing, and Yang Shao, assistant professor of geography, were named the new co-directors of the college’s Center for Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing in December.

      • Landsat Science Team
      • Virginia Tech hosts Landsat Science Team meeting

        Scientists from around the world gathered on campus when Virginia Tech hosted a meeting of the Landsat Science Team, who analyzes data collected by the succession of Landsat satellites that have orbited the Earth since 1972.

Student Notes

      • Maggie Carolan
      • Sophomore defends public health on Flint Water Study Team

        The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has attracted scientists from across the nation, most notably Virginia Tech’s Professor Marc Edwards. He and the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study Team have been sending water testing kits, analyzing data, and issuing reports about the threat to public health from high lead and bacteria levels. Sophomore Maggie Carolan of Stafford, Virginia, is advocating for the health of Flint residents.

Faculty Briefs

      • Green, Emrick, and Fields
      • CMI, Emrick recognized by the Army Reserves

        The college’s Conservation Management Institute and Project Manager Verl Emrick received the “Patriotic Employer” award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

      • Tom Fox
      • Fox named distinguished alumnus

        Thomas Fox, the Honorable Garland Gray Professor of Forestry, has been named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Maine School of Forest Resources.

      • Susan Brooker-Gross
      • In memoriam: Susan Brooker-Gross

        Susan R. Brooker-Gross, 65, director of policy and communications for Virginia Tech’s Division of Information Technology, died Jan. 2 due to complications after surgery.

      • Oliver and Baird
      • Pathway scholars announced

        Two faculty members from the geography department — Assistant Professors Tim Baird and Bob Oliver — were among the eight selected as 2015 Pathways Faculty Scholars, a role that was initiated last year and is a vital part of the university’s initiative to reinvent its general education curriculum.

Alumni Corner

      • Create a legacy for future generations

        There are many ways your future gift to the College of Natural Resources and Environment can help you meet your individual needs as well as accomplish your charitable goal of supporting the college.

      • Additional alumni news

        We love hearing about all the great things going on with our alumni — awards, promotions, retirements, etc. Regrettably, we don’t have enough space in the newsmagazine to print them all. You can now catch up with former classmates and fellow Hokies online.